Butternut Squash Noodles and Tofu with Sweet Tahini Clementine Sauce

Butternut Squash Noodles with Tahini-Clementine Sauce @Cara's Cravings-2

From the moment I announced the impending life in my womb, I was asked, “so are you going to blog about baby and kid food?” My answer was always an adamant, “nah, I don’t think so.”

Why? I guess I figure there are enough mommy bloggers and mommy food bloggers. I wasn’t really interested in turning my blog into another daily dose of parenting. Not that I don’t enjoy reading those sorts of things. I do! I think those women do it better than I could.

And besides, I didn’t envision any immediate changes in the kinds of foods we were eating. For the better part of a  year, lil’ munchkins thrive on a liquid diet and then very simple foods. And then if you want, and they want, they’ll pretty much eat what you eat. That’s where we are now – but I’m not getting too excited about it. It could only be a matter of days before those real toddler tendencies kick in and she decides to eat nothing but fruit and oatmeal. Or, nothing at all. I’ve heard all the stories about good-eaters-turned-picky for no apparent reason. If we’re exempt, we’re probably just lucky.

Right now I can’t consider myself a very good judge about what’s kid-friendly or not. All I can tell you is that mine gobbled this up. And I sat there, marveling at this colorful array of orange squash and deep purple cabbage, tossed with tahini and almond butter and tofu, making its way down her shirt, massaged into her hair, and yes, in her mouth too. Eventually all in her mouth. ‘Cause even when she signs “all done”, I know she’s really not yet. We’re still working on that one. But boy is she excited to use it during meal time.

I can thank a couple friends for pushing me to get this up on the blog. Excited by my new spiralizer, I brought this dish (or one very close to it) to a dinner party last week and it was all gobbled up.

It was also quickly decided that every mom at the table needed a spiralizer, and I have to agree. You don’t have to convince me that moms deserve fun new toys too! Especially ones that help everyone enjoy a healthy meal together.

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Butternut Squash Noodles with Sweet Tahini Clementine Sauce

Yield: 3 servings

This sauce is so yummy you'll want to eat it all with a spoon; but don't worry, the recipe yields enough for extra. Thin it out with some extra vinegar to make a tasty and satisfying salad dressing.

If you don't have a spiralizer, you can grate the butternut squash into long shreds. The result will be a bit different but still satisfying.

Ingredients:

Tofu
1lb package firm tofu
cooking spray
salt and pepper

Sauce
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup creamy raw almond butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced sodium tamari
1/4 cup water
3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 clementine, peeled

Noodles
1 medium butternut squash, long neck part only, peeled
1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons coconut oil
fresh cilantro, for garnish
1/2 batch sauce

Directions:

Tofu
Preheat oven to 500ºF. Spray a large ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Slice tofu into 1/4-1/2" cubes and arrange in a single layer. Spray with additional cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn with a spatula and bake for another 15-20 minutes, turning every 5-10 minutes, until golden brown on all sides. Remove from oven.

Sauce
Combine all ingredients in a small food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Noodles
Prepare the butternut squash noodles with a spiralizer according to manufacturer's directions.

Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet or wok. Saute butternut squash noodles and cabbage until softened, about 7-10 minutes. Add tofu and half of the sauce. (Save remaining for another use.) Stir to coat and cook until heated through, 2-3 minutes. Divide among serving bowls and garnish with cilantro.

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9 Responses to “Butternut Squash Noodles and Tofu with Sweet Tahini Clementine Sauce”

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    Carol — March 31, 2014 @ 12:10 pm Reply

    This recipe looks wonderful! I love how vibrant everything looks, plus I also love that the sauce can double as salad dressing. Happy Spring to you all!

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    Bonnie K. — March 31, 2014 @ 2:25 pm Reply

    Beautiful salad. Looks tasty, too.

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    Maggie — April 1, 2014 @ 9:21 am Reply

    So cute Cara! I love it when babies eat our food, it’s such a fun stage! This dish sounds amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try! Do you chop the squash into chunks first? I find spiralizing a sweet potato is tricky so I’m guessing a butternut squash would be too!

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      Cara — April 1, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

      Great question, I should have mentioned that! I cut the neck into shorter pieces so that the “noodles” aren’t going on forever and ever :) Same with sweet potatoes, I just cut them in half, or thirds if they are very long.

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    Hallie — April 2, 2014 @ 12:42 pm Reply

    I admit that I don’t use my spiralizer nearly enough. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    Shannon — April 5, 2014 @ 11:57 am Reply

    oh man, this sounds absolutely delicious! although i’d never be able to eat it with chopsticks ;) i’ve been so tempted by a spiralizer!

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    Phoebe Lapine @FeedMePhoebe — April 7, 2014 @ 9:26 pm Reply

    This is such a creative combination of ingredients and it looks amazing- colorful, healthy, and delicious! I’ll definitely be trying this soon. :)

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    Alysa Cohen — June 6, 2014 @ 3:20 pm Reply

    I made this today, YUM!

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